Monday, August 31, 2009

the look for less: just cavalli

This is a trend that never really goes away. The leopard print is simply classic and speaking of color, you name it, there will be leopard in it! As for your own wardrobe, a little splash is all you really need. Leopard prints remains fierce regardless of time or trend, like black leather. It's sexy, it's tough, it's animal. Rawr. The Just Cavalli version costs $322, but why burn your pocket, shop the look for less here

what's next

"In life, we do things. Some, we wish we had never done and some we wish we could replay a million times. They make us who we are and, in the end, they shape and detail us. If we were to reserve them, we wouldn’t be the person we are today. So, just live. Make mistakes and have wonderful memories. But, never second guess who you are, where you’ve been and, most importantly, where you’re going."

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dark eyed dreamer

We are no longer those little girls (and boys) perhaps, but they live in us and they can be wonderful reminders of our true selves and our heart’s desires and our capabilities.

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locked up

Like an angry apple tree
I throw my apples if you get to close to me
But if I look to my right
Will I see the one I fight for?
If I look to my right or if I turn to my left
Will I see that I’ve kept my heart locked up?

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"Ignoring your passion is like dying a slow death. Passion whispers to you through your feelings, beckoning you toward your highest good. Pay attention to what makes you feel energized, connected, stimulated—what gives you your juice. Do what you love, give it back in the form of service, and you will do more than succeed. You will triumph" - Oprah Winfrey

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spotted: sienna miller

Louboutin's career is in trouble...

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up up and away!

It's impractical to have a floating house with colourful balloons to take you away but a treehouse seems possible, well practical rather than impractical. Thanks to Enid Blyton, I've always wanted to live in a treehouse! I could move here and never come back. This is definitely going into my own 'My Adventure Book' ala Up!

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the look for less: getting the floral trend right

Flowers are nothing new to welcome this summer. The frilly feminine floral trend takes all shapes this season. From garden party floral prints seen on dresses and tops to floral shoes, belts and even sunglasses. Be sure to take advantage on this trend while warm weather days are still upon us. The floral trend for accessories and dresses is perfect for summer garden weddings, vacationing and cocktail lawn parties. Whatever the occasion, you’ll have a bloomin’ good time dressed up in fabulous florals.

Oh one last thing: Try to avoid wearing floral prints from head to toe! And wearing printed accessories when wearing a busy patterned outfit is an absolute no-no!

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monday blues

Dear Self,

You’re going to be fine.

Sure you’re a little confused, and a little crazy, and a little unsure of everything you want. (Being honest, who isn’t?) But you’re fine.

The answers will come. You will understand what you’re supposed to be doing. And you’ll figure it out eventually.

You will, and you know it.

In the meantime, keep smiling.


Sunday, August 30, 2009

cupcake in my tum. issues in my head

Frangipani flowers on chocolate mud cupcakes. It's way to pretty to be in tummy. Eating them would be just so wrong!

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bon voyage: adrere amellal

Adrere Amellal is definitely going in my ‘one day’ files. Thank God for virtual travel.

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i'm not gonna teach your boyfriend how to dance with you

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casually chic

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

i'm in trouble

Align Center

OMG. Shoot me please. I just couldn't stop browsing for great buys online and I found this floor-grazing citrine silk-blend strapless gown by Halston. Great now I can't stop thinking about it. Trouble finds me pretty much....all the time. Save me!

teo jasmin

I can't wait to do interior designing for my own home. In the meantime, I'll stay inspired with interior ideas by Teo Jasmin.

anna & prism x garance doré

Blogger and now designer, Anna of Garance Doré has designed her very own line of fashionable eye wear, Prism. Her quirky chic collection bears the name of fashionable cities around the world namely Rio, London, New York, Paris and Rome. New York is my favorite! Get yours today here.

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let your light shine through

Don't you just love her photos? Photographer Emma Tempest needs no introduction, just check out her extensive portfolio! Her clientele includes Mulberry, Warehouse, Davidoff, Remmington, Amanda Wakely, The Telegraph, The Financial Times - How to Spend It and British Vogue.

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dior x bil donovan

If you're wondering who's behind these amazing illustrations. It's Dior's very own first in-house illustrator, Bil Donovan. Donovan previously worked at Vogue and Italian Elle and he also lived in Paris many years ago as a designer. Currently, he teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York.

Fashion illustration is something that I personally love (because I can't draw and hence I appreciate it better) and true enough, the world is filled with talents, we just need to take a good look around.

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the garden

I woke up this morning and the first thing I read on Twitter was the headline 'DJ AM found dead in NYC apartment'. Not the kind of news I wanted to read on a Saturday morning. I can't believe we have lost so many talents this year.

Do you Twitter? Find me on twitter at _liyen. Hope that in 140 words I can be inspired by you. If Twitter is just not your cup of tea, promise me you'll just enjoy this weekend anyway.

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i believe in coral

The prettiest ball of coral fluff

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born with a silver spoon

...and a better wardrobe. I believe I wore hand me downs when I was her height. What did you wear?

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spotted: miroslava duma

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Friday, August 28, 2009

i know why no

Head over heels with their knit pieces. Not what I would generally go for, but I don't mind taking fashion risks. With love by I Know Why No

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interview with natalie portman

A Harvard psychology graduate, fell in love with Darth Vader, strong advocate to various social and political causes, published papers in the field of mathematics and an accomplished actress. It's insanely hard not to look up to her. Substance, beauty and passion, she's got it all. I've always loved reading her interviews because she's nothing like other celebrities, her answers are always mindblowing, sharp and memorable, just the way I like it. Educated and polished actresses is what the entertainment industry needs. Here's one of my favourite bit of her with Interview magazine.

On the economy:
In the general state of things right now, I think it’s kind of an exciting time. I mean, everyone is cutting back. It’s happening in every industry—including our own. But I think that’s going to translate into a situation where people aren’t motivated by money as much as they have been in the recent past. A lot of my friends from college went into fields like banking for financial reasons—obviously people have school loans and things to pay off.

And now, all of a sudden, they’re doing jobs that they hate and they’re not making as much money as they thought they would or they’ve lost their jobs entirely. So I’ve started to see people looking more toward their own passions and what really excites them. Obviously it’s much easier to say that you’re going to follow your passions when you’re financially secure, but at least we can take solace in the fact that we now have the time to pursue the things that we really want to pursue because now the option of doing things just for the money isn’t necessarily there.

I've always been a strong believer in education. We struggle, we complain, but at the end of the day, have you ever wondered why do some fight for the chance of education? Because it is vital, it sets you apart, provides a clearer perspective and most importantly, your portfolio of options is expanded. So tell me, what is your passion and/or what drives you?

get constricted with magnus

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

guess what i found in the bookstore today

Thank you Harpers Bazaar for featuring kaitlin&summer and BOYY! xoxo

from tokyo with love

My girls and I guzzled green tea and feasted on a five-course meal—prepared by Xenri's Chef. We enjoyed a traditional five course Japanese meal (hors d'oeuvre, soup, sashimi, foie gras, wagyu beef) served with Japanese style and attention to detail. From the pictures, you can tell that each course looks like a miniature work of art.

I also love the harmonious, light and modern setting of the restaurant. This has to be one of the best Japanese fine dining restaurants I've tried to date. Make this the perfect place to sample a taste of Japan. Xenri D'River View is located at No.9, Wisma Elken, Jalan 4/137C Batu 5, Jalan Kelang Lama, 58000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For more information or to make reservations, call +603 7783 8118